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Imago

IMAGO at the Josephine Louis Theatre of Northwestern University December 1 During the intermission at Imago’s performance at Northwestern, a ten-year-old girl came to talk to the grandfatherly man sitting next to me. She wanted to know how he had changed pennies into quarters in the lobby before the show. The man started to do […]

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Ishmael Houston-Jones

ISHMAEL HOUSTON-JONES at Gallery 2 October 27 and 28 When dancers talk during their dances, they don’t talk like anyone else. For them, talking doesn’t have the dominant place it does in everyday conversation. Talking is just another movement, to be performed and balanced with the others. A seminal talking dance was Douglas Dunn’s Nevada, […]

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Experimental Stage

BOB EISEN/JOANNE BARRETT AND FRIENDS at Links Hall August 15 Failed experiments can be painful for an audience, and repeated failures can drive an audience away permanently. But to be present at a successful experiment is an exhilarating experience: a new world cracks open for the audience, and there’s a sense of triumph for the […]

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Two Takes on Virtuosity

SUMMER WORKSHOP OPEN SHOWING at the Dance Center of Columbia College July 20 The subject of many dances seems to be the virtuosity of the dancers themselves: the thrill of seeing a ballerina do a triple pirouette on pointe, or Gregory Hines land after a rubber-legged leap, tapping perfectly in time. But the pleasures of […]

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Facets

FACETS Mary Johnston-Coursey at MoMing Dance & Arts Center June 15-17 Specific bodies make specific dances. A strong dancer will use angular, percussive movements because it’s easy for a strong body to throw itself quickly. A flexible body will prefer swinging movements that create a lot of momentum, because a flexible dancer has enough range […]

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Improprieties

IMPROPRIETIES Phil Martini at the Dance Center of Columbia College June 21-23 During rehearsals for the concert “Improprieties” at the Dance Center of Columbia College, one of the dancers stood onstage while the lights were being adjusted. Bored, he started to strike dramatic Martha Graham-style poses. The other dancers teased him, shouting “Angst. Give us […]